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New Library Systems: Alma and Primo: Home


We are excited to announce a significant upgrade to our library systems! In our continuous effort to enhance your library experience, we have transitioned to two powerful platforms: Alma and Primo. These platforms will update how you interact with our library resources, making your research and learning endeavors more efficient and enjoyable.

Our new system will be going live May 23rd, 2024.

Getting Started

The new system goes live on May 23, 2024. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact us. Your input is invaluable as we strive to provide the best possible library experience for our patrons.

We're Here to Help

We understand that transitioning to new systems may come with questions or challenges. Rest assured, our dedicated library staff is here to assist you every step of the way. Whether you need help navigating Primo's features or accessing specific resources, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Librarians

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Chris Iweha

Earl S. Richardson Library
Room 312

(443) 885-3478


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Bryan Fuller


Earl S. Richardson Library
Room 127-A


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Kathryn Donald


Earl S. Richardson Library
Room 210B
Serials Department

(443) 885-1715

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Jason Riggin


Earl S. Richardson Library
Room 221A
Innovation Hub and Makerspace

(443) 885 -1706

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Renise Johnson


Earl S. Richardson Library
Room 130
Circulation Department

(443) 885-1723

What does this mean for me?

User Impact

Most of the changes to our system will be happening behind the scenes, and the switch should not have any significant impact on patron access. However, patrons should expect a new interface when navigating library systems, and should try to familiarize themselves with the system as early as possible to avoid potential stress when preparing for Fall semester.


Data Freeze

From May 17th-23rd, in preparation for the system changeover, our circulation systems will go into a data freeze. Patrons will be unable to renew material or request new material in their My Account page, until the changeover is completed.

Patrons will retain access to their interlibrary loan accounts, and still be able to access e-resources online (databases, online journals, eBooks, etc). In person services should be largely uninterrupted, except for those that necessitate changes to user accounts. 

What's New?

1. Alma - Your Library's Backbone:

Alma serves as the backbone of our library operations, streamlining various processes behind the scenes to ensure seamless access to resources. Here's what you can expect:

-Unified Management: Alma integrates all aspects of library management, from acquisitions to cataloging, in one comprehensive system. This means faster processing times for new acquisitions and updates to our catalog.

-Improved Accessibility: With Alma, we can enhance accessibility features for patrons with diverse needs, ensuring that everyone can make the most of our resources.

2. Primo - Your Gateway to Knowledge:

Primo is your gateway to exploring our vast collection of resources. Here's how it enhances your user experience:

Enhanced Search Capabilities: Primo offers advanced search functionalities, allowing you to find relevant resources with greater precision. Whether you're looking for books, articles, or multimedia materials, Primo helps you discover them effortlessly.

Personalized Recommendations: Primo's intelligent recommendation system suggests resources based on your browsing history and preferences, helping you discover new materials aligned with your interests.

User-Friendly Interface: Primo is designed with a user-friendly interface, making navigation intuitive and enjoyable. Whether you're a seasoned researcher or a first-time library user, you'll find Primo easy to use.

Benefits for You

1. Streamlined Access:

 With Alma and Primo, accessing library resources is faster and more convenient than ever before. Whether you're on campus or remote, you can seamlessly explore our collection and access the materials you need for your academic pursuits.

2. Enhanced Discoverability:

Discovering relevant resources is now simpler and more efficient, thanks to Primo's advanced search capabilities and personalized recommendations. Spend less time searching and more time engaging with high-quality content.

3. Accessibility:

We are committed to ensuring that our library is accessible to all patrons. With the new systems, we can better cater to diverse needs and provide an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

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